He was Ho had suffered with heart problems for the past several years, and had a pacemaker installed last fall. In , he underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand in
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He is best known for the song " Tiny Bubbles " from the album of the same name. He was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools in and he attended Springfield College on a football scholarship in , but returned home to earn a Bachelor's degree in sociology at University of Hawai'i in Transferred to Travis AFB, California, he went to the local city of Concord and bought an electronic keyboard from a music store, and recalls, "That's when it all started.
The icon of breezy island entertainment, Don Ho became synonymous with Hawaii and all it represented A trip to the "Aloha State" seemed incomplete unless capped by a Don Ho performance, a tourist attraction unto itself. He delighted thousands upon thousands for nearly five decades and was dubbed that island's "goodwill ambassador". Born in the small Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako on August 13, , he was one of nine children blessed with a mixed ethnic heritage that encompassed the Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and German cultures. He was a high school football star by the time he left the state to study at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Chronic homesickness had him returning to his beloved island by year's end. Attending the University of Hawaii in , he earned a BA in sociology, then served with the Air Force as a fighter pilot and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in His parents owned a cocktail lounge, Honey's, in Honolulu and Don formed a small band to entertain the customers.